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         On Monday at Flushing Meadows, in the 4th round of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champ, 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2013 Brussels champ, 29 year old #49 (career high: #16) Kaia Kanepi from Haapsalu, Estonia, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Serena struck 19 winners (8 aces) with 16 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Kaia and totaling 59 points. Kaia hit 11 winners (no aces) with 13 errors (3 DFs) while converting both of the 2 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 45 points. match stats

    In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Serena will play the 2014 champion at Indian Wells (and 2013 US Open semifinalist), 32 year old 11th seeded #12 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland).

    Serena leads Flavia 5-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was three weeks ago on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round at Cincinnati, when Serena defeated Flavia 6-2, 6-2.

    Serena said: "I think [Flavia] plays really well. I think the older she gets the better she plays, to be honest. It is not an easy matchup for me. We played in Cincinnati. I won. But she played well... This is a new week. She obviously learned a lot from that experience and she's going to come out ready to fire and to play again." postmatch interview

    Also on Monday in New York, the 2013 US Open finalist (and 2013 & 2012 Australian Open champ), 25 year old 16th seeded #17 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated 21 year old qualifier #143 (career high: #126) Aleksandra Krunic from Belgrade, Serbia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 (photo shown).

    In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Victoria will play the 2010 Eastbourne champ, 26 year old 17th seeded #18 (career high: #18) Ekaterina Makarova from Moscow, Russia.

    Vika leads Kate 3-2 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was last year on a red clay in the 2nd round at Madrid, when Ekaterina defeated Victoria 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 59 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 48 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: US Open

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
US Open, 4th Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $187,300; points: 240
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n49 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Sun
*n18 s17 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n8 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-6(2), 6-4 Mon
*n59 Belinda Bencic SUI d n10 s9 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(6), 6-3 Sun
n12 s11 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n30 s29 Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-5, 6-2 Mon
n14 s13 Sara Errani ITA d n119 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 Sun
*n40 Shuai Peng CHN d n15 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Sun
n17 s16 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n143 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon
US Open, QFs, Tues-Wed 11am & Noon
loser's prize: $370,250; points: 430
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n12 s11 Flavia Pennetta ITA Wed
n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n14 s13 Sara Errani ITA Tue cAs m5 eve2
n17 s16 Victoria Azarenka BLR v n18 s17 Ekaterina Makarova RUS Wed
n40 Shuai Peng CHN v n59 Belinda Bencic SUI Tue cAs m2
US Open, SFs, 1:45pm & 3:45pm
loser's prize: $730,000; points: 780
n1 S Williams OR n12 Pennetta v n17 Azarenka OR n18 Makarova
n11 Wozniacki OR n14 Errani v n40 Peng OR n59 Bencic
US Open, Final, Sun 4:30pm
loser's prize: $1,450,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: $3,000,000; points: 2000
US Open, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $250,000
winner's prize: $520,000

US Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Fri
loser's prize: $70,000
winner's prize: $150,000

US Open, Girls Singles Final, Sun

US Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat

US Open, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n2 Na Li CHN knee injury
n87 Victoria Duval USA Hodgkin's lymphoma
n94 Alisa Kleybanova RUS Hodgkin's lymphoma

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Quebec City, Hong Kong & Tashkent

   
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Quebec City, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
n27 Madison Keys USA
n55 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n73 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
n82 Marina Erakovic NZL
n86 Shelby Rogers USA
n94 Julia Goerges GER
n97 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN
n104 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR
n108 Anna Tatishvili GEO
n110 Claire Feuerstein FRA
n114 Timea Babos HUN
n121 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO
n123 Madison Brengle USA
n133 Veronica Cepede Royg PAR
n134 Melanie Oudin USA
n138 Allie Kiick USA
n147 Naomi Broady GBR
n150 Irina Falconi USA
n176 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ
n188 Johanna Konta GBR
n497 sr Tatjana Maria GER
Quebec City, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
Quebec City, QFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
Quebec City, SFs, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Quebec City, Final, Sun 2pm+
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Quebec City, Doubles Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Quebec City, Qual Finals, Sun Sep 9 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points

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Hong Kong, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed
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n29 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
n33 Kurumi Nara JPN
n34 Shuai Zhang CHN
n35 Elina Svitolina UKR
n37 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
n39 Shuai Peng CHN
n42 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n44 Christina McHale USA
n48 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n57 Jie Zheng CHN
n64 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n65 Jana Cepelova SVK
n67 Anna Schmiedlova SVK
n68 Monica Niculescu ROU
n69 Monica Puig PUR
n70 Siliva Soler Espinosa ESP
n72 Chanelle Scheepers RSA
n74 Pauline Parmentier FRA
n76 Polona Hercog SLO
n77 Francesca Schiavone ITA
n81 Vania King USA
n84 Kiki Bertens NED
n85 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT
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loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Hong Kong, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Hong Kong, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Hong Kong, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Hong Kong Qual Finals, Mon Sep 9
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Hong Kong, Withdrawals
Tashkent, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
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n36 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n61 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
n66 Stefanie Voegele SUI
n71 Karin Knapp ITA
n75 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n79 Donna Vekic CRO
n90 Misaki Doi JPN
n100 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER
n106 Danke Kovinic MNE
n107 Olivia Rogowska AUS
n115 Mandy Minella LUX
n117 Olga Govortsova BLR
n120 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR
n122 Alexandra Panova RUS
n124 Katerina Siniakova CZE
n125 Jovana Jaksic SRB
n127 Ksenia Pervak RUS
n132 Kristina Kucova SVK
n137 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS
n141 Cagla Buyucackay TUR
n145 Aleksandra Krunic SRB
n155 Shahar Peer ISR
n170 Urszula Radwanska POL
Tashkent, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
Tashkent, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
Tashkent, SFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Tashkent, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Tashkent, Doubles Final Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Tashkent, Qual Finals, Sun Sep 9 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points

Tashkent, Withdrawals

  WTA Aug 18-23: New Haven

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    On Saturday at Yale University, in the final of the Connecticut Open, the 2014 Wimbledon champion (and 2012 New Haven champ), 24 year old 2nd seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2013 champ at Washington, DC, 25 year old #56 (career high: #31) Magdalena Rybarikova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-4, 6-2 (Magda is shown during the match; Petra is shown getting to know the glassware afterward). Petra's prize is $120,000; Magdalena's prize is $64,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 New Haven tourney page holds 26 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 6 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 11-17: Cincinnati

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#1 Serena Williams
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    On Sunday at Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2014 champion at Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane, 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2014 champ at Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 9th seeded #10 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6-4, 6-1 (Ana is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is $467,300; Ana's prize is $227,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Cincinnati tourney page holds 34 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 16 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

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Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
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Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
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Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
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      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    (July 31, 2014) Australian Open champion and WTA #2 Li Na has withdrawn from the 2014 US Open. She has also withdrawn from the pre-US Open tourneys at Montreal and Cincinnati, all due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "I wanted to let all of my great fans know that unfortunately I am going to have to withdraw from the upcoming WTA events in Montréal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open... Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level. My medical team has advised me that I need to take some time off to rest my knee so it heals. I look forward to getting back on the court this fall in Wuhan and Beijing." Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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